While both of the main Stormont parties must take their share of responsibility for the failure to restore our devolved institutions last month, it is the position of the DUP which is coming under particular scrutiny.
While the resignation of Bishop John McAreavey is a significant development, it must be recognised that it is by no means the end of the matter in relation to the scandal of paedophile priest and teacher Fr Malachy Finegan.
In January, Kincora abuse survivor Clint Massey called for the implementation of the Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) inquiry report, revealing that he was in poor health and had been given just months to live.
Our present spell of arctic conditions had been widely predicted by the weather forecasters and the indications are that the authorities across Ireland, on both sides of the border, have made the appropriate preparations.
If anyone doubted the shambolic nature of the official preparations for Brexit, they only needed to listen to the interview with the British foreign secretary Boris Johnson on BBC Radio Four's Today programme yesterday.
PART of our coverage of yesterday's marches in Belfast to call for the implementation of legacy investigation arrangements includes a poster carried by someone in the crowd with the image and name of nine-year-old Patrick Rooney.
The news that the Lagan Construction Group has put four of its companies into administration is yet another blow to the Northern Ireland economy and further evidence of the pressures being experienced in this sector.
The acknowledgment by loyalist bonfire builders in Co Tyrone that their actions had not only damaged property but caused considerable stress to householders deserves to be recognised as a significant step.